The President of Chooks-to-Go questioned the recent decision of the Games and Amusement Board to suspend the Mindanao leg of Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup which is due to kick-off next month.
“If wrongful acts committed in a single match in Cebu, and not by any means attributable to all the teams playing in the Visayas leg, did not stop the games there, by what contorted stretch of logic or the imagination did it justify the wholesale suspension of the games in Mindanao?” said Ronald Mascarinas in a statement released to media outlets.
“Its decision to suspend the entire Mindanao leg pending ‘further observation of the ongoing games in Visayas,’ as reported by the media, is not just simply going overboard, it is going berserk,” he added.
The GAB on Monday announced the suspension of the Mindanao leg along with the reevaluation of the league in the aftermath of the controversial game featuring Siquijor and Lapu-Lapu City. The newly-launched regional cage league earlier expelled Siquijor and slapped a lifetime ban on all its players and coaches. In addition, several players of Lapu-Lapu City as well as the team’s entire coaching staff were penalized with fines and suspensions.
Mascarinas, who earlier threatened to withdraw as the league’s title sponsor, is now hoping for GAB to reconsider its decision and allow the Mindanao leg to open as scheduled on May 20. The teams participating in this leg are Basilan, Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Roxas, Sindagan, Tawi-Tawi, Valencia City, and Ozamiz.
“The Mindanao leg, composed of different sets of management teams and players, and different sets of games, has not even started yet. The only way to justify such draconian, better-safe-than-sorry preemptive action, is to suspect the entire Mindanao leg of serious copycat tendencies, or worst, possible agreement to commit the same April 14 infamy,” said Mascarinas.
“Let us hope GAB reconsiders its decision.”